Siemens and Alstom, two major suppliers to the world’s railways, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 26 September 2017 to combine Siemens’ mobility business including its rail traction drives business with Alstom. Global headquarters. as well as the...
Specialist train operator the Rail Operations Group (ROG) has announced it is acquiring two of Porterbrook’s innovative Flex trains for light logistics traffic. Capable of operating on both electrified and non-electrified routes, the new trains will help meet shippers'...
The design of a hydrogen-powered train for the UK market has been unveiled by manufacturer Alstom and rolling stock leasing company Eversholt Rail. The new ‘Breeze’ will be a conversion of an existing Class 321 train, reengineered to create a...

Class 769 Flex in Action

On a sunny afternoon in early November, Rail Engineer travelled to Rothley station on the Great Central Railway, at the invitation of Porterbrook Leasing, to see and hear the Class 769 Flex. The article in issue 168 (October 2018) celebrated...
A contract for 34 new high-capacity double-deck regional trains has been awarded to Alstom by Luxemburg’s national train operator Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois (CFL). The new fleet, which will be built in Alstom’s Barcelona factory, will include...
A battery-electric freight locomotive is to be developed in the United States by BNSF Railway and GE Transportation. The programme will see GE Transportation design and build an AC Evolution Series locomotive which will feature an overall energy-management system, including onboard...
The average age of Britain's rolling stock fleet has fallen for the first time since 2005, reflecting the increasing number of new trains arriving on the network.
When researching an article for the Class 769 Flex, there were lots of ideas discussed about how the concept could be extended for other uses. What was not discussed was the possibility of a hydrogen-powered version. Yet, at InnoTrans...

Bi-Mode Good, Tri-Mode Better

A previous article in Rail Engineer (issue 157, November 2017) outlined plans for bi-mode fleets on UK railways. This article briefly described Porterbrook Leasing’s Class 319 Flex conversions. A total of 32 units are currently on order, more than...
In much the same way that Network Rail has a dedicated train for inspecting the railway, the HST-based New Measurement Train, German state railway Deutsche Bahn has the ICE-S for the same purpose. The ICE-S usually consists of two...

Network Rail approves Bender UK’s RS4 rail signal power protection system

Network Rail has approved Bender UK’s next-generation RS4 Rail Signalling Power Protection system that delivers increased sensitivity for first earth fault location...